As a music teacher. I would often expose my students to new music, which meant the audiences were exposed to it as well.
One year, I had a themed concert of world music. Students played music from all different cultures of the world. It was challenging to learn but the concert was excellent and the students felt proud of their results.
The problem was, the audience didn’t appreciate it. Our feedback was awful! People wanted familiar music. They didn’t want to listen to unfamiliar music. My students felt deflated too. The next concert I did the opposite and we performed all familiar and popular music. Everyone loved it !
This made me wonder about audiences. Shouldn’t we as musicians be exposing an audience to new music as well as the familiar? Or should we be most considerate of audiences and play what they expect? What do you think?